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Florida Marine Patrol makes stuff up

Discussion in 'Florida Diving' started by cybdiver, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. cybdiver

    cybdiver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Antigua
    My buddy was stopped during lobster mini season for a boat inspection they demanded his "Diver License" (No Not drivers) what they wanted was his C card.
    Lets be clear there is no such thing as a "Divers License" there is no requirement to have a C card. It is an industry certification and not a requirement to dive. Commercial dive boats require it because their insurance companies told them they had to check it.
    They also harrassed the divers down saying they needed a flag, NO the boat has the flag the diver had a bouy so they could keep track of him.
    Next they threatened to arrest him, too bad I said it would have made a great law suit. FMP are a bunch of over zelous cops on boats that don't seem to know the law and make stuff up.

    Don't be intimidated by the Florida Marine Patrol know you diver rights and laws. They are just looking for an excuse to write tickets.:)
  2. eeel

    eeel Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Panama City/ Homosassa FL
    It must have been because of outrageous behavior such as this the the Florida Marine Patrol (FMP) was disbanded and replaced with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC).
  3. Reck Diver

    Reck Diver Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Divers ARE required to have a flag unless they are within 300' of the vessel. Proof of identification is also required in Florida. Younger boaters operating vessels are required to pass a boating safety course and carry proof of such. Go to myfwc.com and look it's all there in detail.

    The FWC may ask for any of the above items and refusal can result to comply can result in further violations.
    Wildbill likes this.
  4. mike_s

    mike_s Solo Diver


    He said "Divers License" as in a C-card, or diving certification. ....... Not "Drivers License" as in to drive boat or car. I'm betting you read that wrong. (I did too at first).

    there is no law in Florida or anywhere else that requires you to have a C Card. It's an industry standard and not a law. not sure how FWC can write you a ticket for not being certified to dive.

    Having to show proper legal ID is a different issue.

    On the subject of driving a boat, Florida has no boat drivers license law. it's been tried many times, but the boat industry lobbyists don't want it to happen in FL, because they don't want to deter new boat sales.

    I think it would be smart to have a boat drivers law, like many other states do.
    Jax likes this.
  5. jar546

    jar546 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: South Florida
    I don't buy the story. Sounds like someone with an axe to grind stretching out the story............
  6. bletso

    bletso Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: Louisville KY
    Probably not. I have witnessed FMP do things they wouldn't hesitate to ticket you for.

  7. cudachaser

    cudachaser Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Cocoa Beach, FL
    Cops are liars...I was arrested and charged with battery on an officer and resisting arrest with violence. I was tased 6 times....reason neighbor complain that I was playing music too loud . This cop also tased my wife 10 times and I was screaming "leave my alone alone...you are hurting her". Before she started tasing me she elbowed my wife in the head causing a concussion. We were both arrested on very severe charges. Cost us $15,000 to stay out of jail...we can't sue because of the wording of the plea bargain.
  8. mike_s

    mike_s Solo Diver

    I've got to agree. I've seen cops miss-use & abuse their powers many times.

    Then lie about it later.
  9. OldNSalty

    OldNSalty Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Just this side of paradise.
    If they were threatening to write a ticket over not showing a C-Card I would have let them. I would have produced a Driver's license and quietly taken the ticket...then gone to court so a judge could explain to this cop that he stepped in it.

    Some cops are a-holes, some are great people but all are capable of making a mistake and it wouldn't be the first time a cop tried to enforce a law that didn't exist. The best place to fight that is in a court where a judge will usually follow the law.
    deepstops and Chugwhump like this.
  10. HowardE

    HowardE SB Administrator

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Boca Raton, Florida

    No offense, but personally, I think you make stuff up.

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